affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch The medical school is affiliated with a hospital.
b : to associate as a member affiliates herself with the local club
2 : to trace the origin of affiliated Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to earlier plays

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself : combine refused to affiliate with any political party

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) , -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization the network's local affiliates

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Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for affiliate

Synonyms: Noun

branch, cell, chapter, council, local

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Examples of affiliate in a Sentence

Verb

Their group does not affiliate itself with any political party.

Noun

Two of the company's regional affiliates lost money in the past year. our local Humane Society is an affiliate of a national organization
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pedowitz's response is just the latest comment from the cast, crew, and team directly affiliated with Gossip Girl and its network The CW. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Gossip Girl Reboot is in "Discussion" and I Am SO Ready for Its Potential Return," 1 Feb. 2019 Kirsten John Foy is affiliated with the Arc of Justice, a civil-rights group. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 15 Apr. 2019 None of the victims were affiliated with the university. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Three carjackings in recent weeks near Johns Hopkins, university says," 11 July 2018 This giveaway is not affiliated with/supported by Kroger. Holly Shively, ajc, "$250 Kroger coupon circulating on social media a fake; company warns don’t click on it," 9 July 2018 Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were affiliated with the Canadian group High on Life, an online brand that promotes travel and an adventurous lifestyle to hundreds of thousands of followers. Sarah Mervosh, BostonGlobe.com, "Three YouTube thrill-seekers die in waterfall accident in Canada," 8 July 2018 Camp Grier is affiliated with the Presbyterian church but welcomes children of all faiths. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "'We leave technology behind' at Camp Grier, and enjoy nature instead," 5 July 2018 Partisan identification isn't as rigid here; the largest bloc of voters isn't affiliated with a party. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Sen. Mark Begich’s entry causes angst in Alaska governor’s race," 4 July 2018 Two organizations, neither of which are affiliated with Pureval's campaign, have been targeting Chabot on health care. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Aftab Pureval builds war chest as outside groups spend big money attacking Chabot," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Sudan Doctors Committee, an affiliate of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the protests, said 13 people were shot dead on Thursday and three others, including the soldier, were killed Friday. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Also, part of Popular Mechanics’ livelihood is affiliate links. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Yourself Less Trackable Online," 18 Apr. 2019 Also okay: the three 13th-century stained glass windows, the archbishop of Paris told a CNN affiliate there this morning, as well as the church's 8,000-pipe organ and several statues that had been removed for the renovation. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 Jon is greeted by Sansa, Bran, and a few Stark affiliates (including Lady Lyanna Mormont) at the Winterfell courtyard. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Apr. 2019 The next phase of the external audit will involve taking a closer look at the customers on the list from SVT—looking, for instance, at their corporate structures, subsidiaries and affiliates, Swedbank executives said. Kristin Broughton And Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Swedbank Cuts Ties With Customers Suspected of Money Laundering," 22 Mar. 2019 The Redbirds are the Triple A affiliate of the Cardinals. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "WATCH: 104-year-old World War II Veteran Throws Out First Pitch at Memphis Redbirds Game," 5 July 2018 Police responded to an intersection near the airport around 10 p.m. Thursday when shots were exchanged with the gunman, Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV reported. Fox News, "Kidnapping suspect shot dead near Miami airport after shootout with police," 21 Sep. 2018 The jury deliberated for around six hours before delivering its guilty verdicts, NBC affiliate WXIA reported. NBC News, "Man convicted, sentenced to life in 1983 racially motivated killing in Georgia," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of affiliate

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affiliate

Verb

probably from French affilier "to bring into close connection" (going back to Middle French, "to adopt as a son," borrowed from Medieval Latin affīliāre, from Latin ad- ad- + -fīliāre, verbal derivative of fīlius "son") + -ate entry 4 — more at feminine entry 1

Noun

derivative of affiliate entry 1

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affiliate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to closely connect (something or yourself) with or to something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner

affiliate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organization (such as a television station) that is a member of a larger organization (such as a national network)

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Kids Definition of affiliate

: to associate as a member or partner The spokesperson has long been affiliated with the charity.

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Legal Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring or receive into close association as a member or division
2 : to join or associate as a member or division

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself usually used with with has just affiliated with the huge corporation

Other Words from affiliate

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \

Legal Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization specifically : a business entity effectively controlling or controlled by another or associated with others under common ownership or control — compare parent sense 2, subsidiary

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